Phil Mickelson jokes about Tiger Woods rematch

Ross Houston
February 11, 2019

Mickelson began by calmly knocking his tee shot on the par-three 17th to inside 10 feet and Casey followed suit, but when the 41-year-old failed to sink an eight-footer for birdie his hopes of snatching the win were effectively ended. It's where his grandfather, Al Santos, was among the first caddies when the course opened in 1919, and Mickelson still uses as a marker the 1900 silver dollar his grandfather kept in his pocket to remind him he was not poor. That was start of a five-hole stretch when Mickelson made three birdies and Paul Casey had two bogeys, taking Lefty from two behind to three ahead. Play was suspended for several hours and despite Phil Mickelson's best efforts of persuasion, 54-hole leader, Paul Casey, had - had enough and play was called for the day as darkness fell, with the final pair having just a couple of holes to play.

"I thanked Paul this morning for letting us finish today", he said of the delayed finish. This time, he closed with a 71 and lost to Mickelson's 65, which matched the low score of the final round.

"I just need one more match with Tiger and I should get there", Mickelson joked. Casey and FedEx executive Don Colleran had a one-shot lead in the pro-am.

Whether it was continuing to be a part of U.S. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams, finding a new workout routine, changing coaches, discovering a healthier diet, befriending - and needling - tour players who are young enough to be his son, Mickelson did his best to stay young.

Woods is the only player to have broken through the $100 million barrier on the PGA Tour, the 14-time major victor totaling $115,584,657 across his illustrious career. The other three times he was 2-over par or worse in the final round. He played the final 26 holes in cold, damp and windy weather without a bogey. The U.S. Open remains the final piece of the career Grand Slam for Mickelson, who already holds the record with six runner-up finishes.

He will return to Pebble Beach in June for the US Open, where he made his pro debut in 1992.

His first one also was a Monday finish, when players returned in August - more than six months later - to finish the third round of the weather-plagued tournament to make it official.

Pebble Beach was so soft that balls were plugging in the fairway when they landed.

"We've got two tough holes left and I don't want to jump the gun and get past that", Mickelson said.

It's the thrill of competition.

His path to victory these days is never going to be mundane, even in a tournament where he went an entire round without missing a fairway - a 20-year first.

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